mercredi 10 décembre 2014

Gay marriage and the death of freedom

Gay marriage 
and the death of freedom 
Rather than striking a blow for individual liberties, 
the dogma of gay marriage is stifling them

Brendan O'Neill (6 December 2014)
‘Freedom to marry…’ 

I hate to rain on this fabulous parade, but there’s a massive problem with this happy-clappy rallying cry. And it’s this: everywhere gay marriage has been introduced it has battered freedom, not boosted it. Debate has been chilled, dissenters harried, critics tear-gassed. Love and marriage might go together like horse and carriage, but freedom and gay marriage certainly do not. The double-thinking ‘freedom to marry’ has done more to power the elbow of the state than it has to expand the liberty of men and women.
There are awkward questions the ‘freedom to marry’ folks just can’t answer. Like: if gay marriage is a liberal cause, how come it’s been attended by authoritarianism wherever it’s been introduced?
Also, for a related philosophical critique based on the ground-motives of Herman Dooyeweerd, see:
Drawing a line in shifting sands